Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to “regulate” or “shut down” social networking platforms after Twitter the day before reported two messages from the US president as “misleading” and conveying unverified information.

“Republicans feel that social networking platforms totally censor conservative voices. We’re going to regulate them severely, or shut them down, to prevent that from happening,” Trump tweeted.

Often accused of being lax in its handling of comments made by leader,

Twitter for the first time reported messages from the president on Tuesday, adding the phrase “check the facts.


These were tweets from the billionaire claiming that absentee voting was necessarily “fraudulent.

“These tweets contain potentially misleading information about the voting process and were posted to provide additional context on the postal vote,” a platform spokesman told AFP.

“Twitter is stifling FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION,” reacted Donald Trump, whose account has more than 80 million subscribers.

Returning to the attack on this subject, the president wrote on Wednesday morning: “We cannot allow postal voting to take root in our country. That would be a blank cheque for fraud, forgery and theft of votes. »

“Whoever defrauded best could win. The same goes for social networks. Pull yourself together, NOW!!!!! “added the president in a series of morning tweets.

Misinformation: a campaign issue

Donald Trump also accused the social network of interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign.

“We saw what they tried and failed to do in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of this happen again,” he said.

Misinformation is seen as particularly crucial by Facebook and other platforms since attempts to manipulate the US presidential election and the Brexit referendum in 2016.


Twitter, however, did not act against other vitriolic messages by Donald Trump published on Tuesday, in which he relayed an infamous conspiracy theory against MSNBC cable TV presenter Joe Scarborough.

A former politician, Mr. Scarborough was a friend of Trump’s before openly criticizing him on the air.

Several sites and blogs have fuelled the idea that Mr. Scarborough, then a Republican, murdered his parliamentary assistant Lori Klausutis in 2011 without any tangible evidence to support it.

The president alluded to the theory again Wednesday morning.

“Psycho Joe Scarborough is shaken, not only by his poor ratings, but by all the things and facts that surface on the Internet about the resurgence of an unsolved case. He knows what’s going on! “said Mr. Trump.

Donald Trump regularly relays conspiracy theories, even if they have been proven to be false, partially or totally.

The former real estate tycoon was one of the first to spread a rumor that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and therefore illegitimate.

Depending on the potential danger of the messages and the degree of doubt, Twitter moderators may respond with warnings or cautions, or even go so far as to withdraw a tweet in the worst case (misleading and dangerous information).



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